New Intel Xeon Chips, System Refresh to Drive Server Market, IDC Says
Both IDC and Gartner say HP, IBM and Dell continue to be the world's top server vendors, but Cisco is growing the fastest.Hewlett-Packard, Dell and IBM continued to lead a global server market that saw revenues and shipments creep upward in the second quarter and that could be posysised for a larger boost going into next year, according to IDC analysts. IDC and Gartner said server revenues during the second three months of the year grew between 2.5 percent and 2.8 percent, hitting between $12.6 billion (IDC) and almost $12.7 billion (Gartner). Gartner analysts also said in their report Aug. 27 that shipments jumped 1.3 percent, to almost 2.5 million units, while IDC saw a 1.2 percent increase, to 2.2 billion units. IDC analysts said in their report Aug. 26 that businesses continue to invest in hyperscale data center systems as they transform their infrastructure to meet the growing demands for greater scalability, agility and automation brought on by such trends as mobile computing, big data, social computing and the cloud. At the same time, some of those gains are offset by the continued system consolidation by organizations large and small. However, the industry could be on the cusp of a significant upswing as businesses look to refresh older servers that were brought on shortly after the financial crisis hit, according to Matt Eastwood, group vice president and general manger of enterprise platforms at IDC. At the same time, Microsoft's decision to end support for Windows Server 2003 next year and Intel's upcoming release of its Xeon E5 "Grantley" server chips based on the "Haswell" architecture—and the expected accompanying server announcements from OEMs—will further fuel server sales, Eastwood said.
"At the same time, IDC is also seeing early stage enterprise investment in 3rd Platform workloads that leverage Webscale architectures typically seen in hyperscale environments," he said in a statement. "These workloads will drive additional interest in software-defined environments that will further enhance the need for servers deployed as the infrastructure underpinning these next generation datacenters."